30 September 2013

Almost Dead by Rebecca A. Rogers Book Blitz

Title: Almost Dead
Author: Rebecca A. Rogers
Release date: September 15th 2013
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Tour: Irresistible Reads Book Tours

Book Description:

Seventeen-year-old Flora Mackey is not exactly thrilled to wake up from a car accident and find out she’s a ghost. Making this lifelike hell even worse is being trapped with her arch enemy and collision partner, Laney Tipps. The two normally couldn’t get along if their lives depended on it, but now they have no choice.

After recovering from the initial shock of seeing their lifeless bodies—and that they can’t escape each other—Flora and Laney have to find a way out of the twisted, gray realm. But they quickly learn that the farther they stray from their motionless corpses, the weaker they become. Luckily Sara, a spirit guide, shows up to help. Sara informs them they’ll have to wait for someone in their city to die so they can take their place in the land of the living.

What’s scarier than waiting in purgatory? Time. If Flora and Laney don’t return to the physical world and leave clues for their families that they’re still alive, they’ll never be found. Which sucks, because once their bodies give out, their souls will be permanently stuck in the afterlife.

Almost Dead on Goodreads

Author Spotlight:

Rebecca expressed her creative side at an early age and hasn’t stopped since. She won’t hesitate to tell you that she lives inside her imagination, and it’s better than reality.

In short: I’d insert something here along the lines of living in the Northeast or Europe with my wonderful husband and our dogs, but these things haven’t happened yet. Instead, I’ll tell you I’m an avid gamer, chocoholic, coffee addict, animal lover, and own way too many books and shoes.

“Hello?” says a weak voice, shredding through the stillness. It sounds like this girl is at the back of a cave.
I jump. Is she the other person who was in the collision? If she is, thank God she’s okay. Alive, at least.

“Where are you?” The mist, which was steadily swirling around my ankles, has now risen to my knees. Every new step I take is like fighting against one hundred hands reaching up from below the surface.
“Over here!” she shouts.
Beyond my vehicle. Is it possible she fell off the other side of Death’s Cliff? It’s a straight road, with two drop-offs on either side. Maybe I went one way and she went the other.
Passing my totaled car, I nearly faint. My body is slumped over, my head pinning the air bag to the steering wheel. It’s obvious I’m unconscious, and that I’m bleeding from a gash on my forehead. An invisible ball clogs my throat, and I reach for it, knowing I can’t shake it loose. The aching soreness in my windpipe makes swallowing difficult. There’s a sharp nip around my eyeballs. Everything hits me at once.
I’m staring at my corpse.
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29 September 2013

Review: Real by Katy Evans

What they say:
A fallen boxer.
A woman with a broken dream.
A competition…

He even makes me forget my name. One night was all it took, and I forgot everything and anything except the sexy fighter in the ring who sets my mind ablaze and my body on fire with wanting… Remington Tate is the strongest, most confusing man I’ve ever met in my life.

He’s the star of the dangerous underground fighting circuit, and I’m drawn to him as I’ve never been drawn to anything in my life. I forget who I am, what I want, with just one look from him. When he’s near, I need to remind myself that I am strong–but he is stronger. And now it’s my job to keep his body working like a perfect machine, his taut muscles primed and ready to break the bones of his next opponents ... But the one he’s most threatening to, now, is me.

I want him. I want him without fear. Without reservations.

If only I knew for sure what it is that he wants from me.
What I say: There's been a lot of hype surrounding Real and I wanted to wait a while before reading the book to make sure I ignored the hype and developed my own opinion.
Real is one hell of an emotional story; I both loved and hated it. I found myself struggling to get through certain sections. The two MC's Brooke and Remy 'Riptide' are both intense and extremely complicated. Theirs is the all encompassing, ground-breaking, obsessive type of relationship which can either be something beautiful or implode into something horrific.
I'm a big fan of Beautiful Disaster and Real is in a similar ballpark. Like Travis, Remy is a strong, dominate, Alpha-male, who once he finds something he wants goes all out to possess it. From the first second Remy sees Brooke he wants her and comes up with a complicated way to have her.
Remy has a large amount of baggage (his parents are hideous), but when I discovered the reasons behind most of his actions I could totally understand why he behaved in certain ways. He's never had anything 'real' or anybody who see's past the fame, money, fights etc to simply see him... until Brooke.
I liked Brooke (far more than Abby from Beautiful Disaster) and could understand why she's so guarded. A lot of Remy's actions are bizarre and extremely controlling; I'd personally have considered running on several occasions. Sometimes I really wanted her to realise what she was doing to Remy. Towards the end of the book, I was torn between wanting to salute her courage and smacking her for doing the one thing Remy was afraid of.
The sexual tension is extreme, I found myself really wanting them to channel 'Nike' and just do it! When they finally er... get together, it's all kinds of smexy. There's a lot of naughty sections, so keep this one away from the kiddies - Real is most definitely a New Adult book.
A brilliantly complicated story, which puts both the reader and characters through the ringer, yet manages to make you smile!
4 Stars in my Sky!
My fav non-spoilery quotes:
  • "I don't know if you're good for him, or the worst kind of Achilles' heel there is to him."
  • "I'm every woman's adventure, damn you, and I don't want to be yours."
  • "I've never seen a man go after a woman like that. Holy shit, it's like porn with the romance."

28 September 2013

ARC Review: Summer Of Love by Sophie Pembroke

What they say (book info):

It’s only a summer fling…

Boutique jewelry designer Lily Thomas knows hating the boring ring her fiance gave her isn’t a good enough reason to end a seven-year relationship. Especially when settling down with Edward is the only thing she’s ever done right in the eyes of her mother–and her hometown. Besides, everyone else seems to be getting married: Lily’s best friend Cora, her cousin, her friends from work. So why not Lily?

But when Alex Harper, Lily’s high school crush, moves back to Felinfach, he shows her exactly why. She can’t pretend to be someone she’s not just to keep her fiance happy. It’s a terrible way to start a marriage, and a terrible way to live. Lily calls off her engagement, but she still needs a date to all the weddings crowding her summer calendar. Conveniently, Alex has a few weddings to attend as well.

They agree to be wedding buddies, and soon the whole town is talking about them. If everyone’s going to talk anyway, why shouldn’t Lily and Alex make the most of it? As long as they both know it’s only a summer fling…

CONTENT WARNING: May induce desire for pretty jewelry…

Publisher: Lyrical Press - ISBN: 9781616505028 - Release Date: November 4th 2013
I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review!
What I say (review): Long suffering Lily has put up with her mother's interference and her dull-as-dishwater FiancĂ© Edward for years. This all changes when her former crush Alex returns home. Alex is her best friend Cora's long absent, gorgeous older cousin.
I'm honestly surprised Lily managed to survived seven years with Edward, she must have far more patience than me. Before dating Edward, Lily was a vicarious and fun free spirit with a habit of making bad decisions. She had been labelled as the town's bad penny and had all but given up arguing with her controlling mother. Edward wants a perfect stepford bride to feed his ego, be ready and waiting at home for him. But however much she tries, this is simply not Lily.
A lot of Lily's friends are getting married over the summer and after ending her engagement (not a spoiler as is in the blurb), Lily  and Alex decide to attend the summer weddings together. I think you can imagine where the story goes but I won't spoil it for you.
Summer Of Love is about expectations, pressure and the ability to be yourself. Lily has to learn to live for herself and not as other people expect her to. Alex has to adapt to his new circumstances and realise his idea of a perfect marriage may not exist.
I liked the secondary characters, although I did think Cora was a bit selfish at first, but she redeemed herself eventually. Lily's surrogate uncle/father-figure Max was one of my favourite characters and he had some brilliant lines.
3.5 Stars in my Sky! 

Tour + Review + Giveaway: The Second Shadow by Elizabeth Arroyo

Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Date Published: 9/5/2013

Jake thought being demon meant a shredded humanity, stripped of all human emotion. Chaos and self-preservation dominates a demon’s instincts. But Jake feels every ounce of pain and despair around him. And it’s driving him deeper into Hell.
Gabby’s choice to save him last summer left a fissure in Hell’s gate that released a malevolent evil. When Jake’s given a mission by the demons to shadow a human girl who may know the whereabouts of an ethereal weapon, he doesn’t expect to see Gabby. But Fate has her own agenda.
When Jake and Gabby are thrown together on a camping trip with a group of delinquent teens, Jake begins to grapple with the haunting choices he made in the past.  When the evil finds them, the group begins to battle for their lives, alliances are made, and truths revealed. 
As the evil begins to influence Jake, he questions his link to the demons, his purpose, and his love for Gabby. But the answers to those questions are only found in Hell. And it may cost him his soul.

Author Spotlight: Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Elizabeth spent most of her younger years as an avid reader with a wild imagination which led her to write her first manuscript at the age of fourteen.
But, life got in the way. Elizabeth completed a Bachelors degree in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice at Northeastern Illinois University and works in the community strengthening families.
But her love of stories held, and in 2008 she found herself back into her storytelling roots and began writing again. In 2012, Elizabeth signed with Sapphire Star Publishing to release her debut novel, THE SECOND SIGN.
Elizabeth still resides in Chicago’s south west side with her family, a household of kids, and the bliss of chaos. The good kind.  She continues to work in the community. 

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What I say (review): The Second Shadow is the follow up to Elizabeth Arroyo's YA paranormal book The Second Sign. Without giving too much away, in book #1 Arroyo introduces Gabby Vega. Gabby and her twin brother Max head out to spend the summer at their guardian's lake house, where she meets Jake Myers. Gabby is extremely unlucky and seems to attract trouble; she's the dark to her brother's light. Max is an angel, whilst Gabby is the ultimate and unhappy outsider.
The Second Shadow begins with Gabby and Jake apart, dealing with the fallout from the first book. Jake has gone from a mostly happy adrenalin seeker to a dangerously unhappy loose cannon. Gabby has found some answers but is really unhappy away from Jake.
Whilst reading The Second Shadow a lot of things from The Second Sign fell into place and began to make sense. Almost everybody had an agenda when it came to Gabby. The characters keep a lot of things secret from her, even Max is guilty of withholding crucial information from his sister at times.
A LOT happens in The Second Shadow and at times it was a little confusing keeping up with all the shifts, changes and new characters, but I enjoyed the fast pace and the dramatic scenes.
I still haven't made up my mind about Pat. I think at times he didn't even know himself whose side he was on. Jake and Pat's constant banter/arguing made me smile, I'm not sure if it was the desired result but I felt they were like estranged brothers for most of the book.
The way the book ended I imagine Max will be getting his own book, or at least I hope he does because there is definitely a story there. The Second Sign is a good YA paranormal series and The Second Shadow is a good follow up to Gabby and Jake's story.

3.5 Stars in my Sky!

Old, dead things
 Gabriela Vega was going to pay. It was all Tasha could think about after the little freak soaked her in mop water—as if. No one in the cafeteria had lifted a finger as Tasha pounded on the new girl. They wouldn’t dare. Suspended after she tackled the little swine, Tasha knew she’d be in deep shit when she got home. Grams was going to have a fit.
Wiping her dripping nose as she stepped onto the bus, she took a seat near the window in the rear. Tasha hated riding on the bus, but Robin refused to take her wet ass home. He didn’t want to ruin the polyester upholstery in his car. Asshole.
But Tasha hadn’t left the fight empty-handed.
She lifted the chain in front of her eyes and scrutinized the small silver angel pendant. The pendant made the fight worthwhile, even the suspension. Wait until Gabby saw Tasha wearing it. Let the little shit try to take it back. Rubbing the warm pendant with her thumb, she felt tiny vibrations under her skin. It felt good.
A strong odor caught in her throat from the guy sitting next to her. The smell of old, dead things. Scooting away from him without jumping out the window didn’t help. His shoulder nudged hers, forcing her to turn and face the dark, hollow pit that replaced his face. She tried to move, to pull back, to scream, but her body and her voice wouldn’t comply. The fabric of his dark trench coat fluttered, as if caught by an unfelt wind.
And then he began to lean toward her. The air grew thick, pressing against her as if she’d fallen into a deep ocean trench and the pressure threatened to crush her. Implode.
She couldn’t breathe.
No one noticed her dying on the bus. No one noticed the thing beside her, with its hollow face inches from hers, and stench of death. It whispered words in her ear and a cold wetness draped her in fear. Tears leaked from her eyes and pain exploded inside her skull. Then she did move. She pulled away from him, closed her eyes to keep them in her head, and rubbed her forehead with her palm.
“Are you okay?”
Tasha looked at the woman sitting beside her.
“Huh?” Tasha rubbed her head again. A splitting headache tightened its nasty clamp around her head. “No, I feel like crap.” Tasha stood up as the bus reached her stop, and she got off.
She arrived home with no memory of the bus ride or the walk. She needed to crash. Cold sweat forced shivers throughout her body. The buzzing in her head wouldn’t stop. Sick. She was getting sick. The flu maybe. She rubbed her ear and felt a wet sticky substance. Black goop on her fingertips made her stomach roll. She stepped inside the apartment she shared with her grandma and sister and a foul smell forced her eyes to water. Her stomach lurched, and she ran to the bathroom.
“Are you sick?” Grandma’s voice tore into her brain as she stumbled back to the couch. Moaning, Tasha threw herself on it, her limbs heavy, her breathing hard. She needed sleep. Rest. Peace.
“I asked you a question!” Grandma hollered.
There is no peace for the wicked.

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27 September 2013

ARC Review: Immortal Revenge by Mary Abshire

The Legacy, #1
What they say: Vengeance comes with a price.

Grief stricken Katie Dillinger is on a mission to claim revenge for the death of her lover. In a race against time to find the murderer, Katie reaches out to Riker, a man listed as her boyfriend’s emergency contact. The cold-hearted man comes to Katie’s aid, but she doesn’t completely trust him. To keep her friends safe, she insists they leave town immediately. But her efforts come too late. A friend disappears and a clear message is left in the wake: surrender or more people will die.

Katie’s world is turned upside down when she discovers Riker has vowed to protect her. She’s involved in a prophecy, one which her lover had been preparing her for before his murder. All the combat training he gave her suddenly makes sense, and as Katie fights to keep her friends alive, she’s forced to prioritize. Revenge now, saving mankind next.

CONTENT WARNING: Violence, Language.
A Lyrical Press Urban Fantasy - ISBN: 9781616504939 - Publication Date: 4th Nov 2013.
I received a copy from Lyrical in exchange for an honest review!
What I say: I'm a huge urban fantasy fan and I love a good vampire story which is exactly what Immortal Revenge is!
Katie is a woman on a mission and the mission's name is revenge! Human Katie is determined to hunt down her vampire boyfriend Kyle's killer. Kyle left her with orders to call his friend Riker if anything happened to him. Riker is a moody and stubborn vampire loner who doesn't take direction well.
In Immortal Revenge humans (other than a select few like Katie) are not aware of vampires. As a former member of the Order of the Legacy (a group of vamps who prevent the killing of humans), Kyle trained Katie to fight and to defend herself from the now evil Order hunters.
I really liked Katie, she's uber badass in Buffy kinda way. She takes everything in her stride, holding it together even when she wanted to break down after loosing Kyle. It was interesting to watch Katie and Riker interact because they both hated giving in to the other and for the most part Riker treated her like a naughty pupil! I was expecting some type of romance between them - I hate spoilers so I'll let you discover for yourself whether this happens. 
The secondary characters were good; Katie's best friend Jules had some brilliant one-liners. I also liked Ben and Charlie and am hoping for more of them in the follow-up.
I also really appreciated how Katie wasn't desperate to become a vampire and had previously turned down Kyle's offer/request to turn her. Katie's relationship with Kyle wasn't part of a vampire fantasy, she truly loved him.
A good vampire story with a kick-ass heroine and an extremely moody sort-of-hero!
3.5 - 4 Stars in my Sky!
My fav non-spoilery quotes:
  • "One day you’re a college graduate, in love with Mr. Right and looking for a job. The next day, you're Rambo."
  • "One woman against two bloodsuckers. This I got to see."
  • "Don't worry, if she's anything like you, I'll have her purring soon."

Ripple Effect Romance Series Blast + Giveaway

The Ripple Effect Romance Novella Series 

Enjoy this exciting new series of clean novellas by six critically-acclaimed authors.

"Like a pebble tossed into calm water, a simple act can ripple outward and have a far-reaching effect on those we meet, perhaps setting a life on a different course—one filled with excitement, adventure, and sometimes even love."

Home Matters by Julie N. Ford

According to her mother, Olivia Pembroke was born to be a star. But how is she supposed to be famous when she can't even get a decent acting gig? Her lucky break comes when she lands an audition for a wildly popular home improvement show. Even though she has no design training and has never even held a power tool, she refuses to let that stop her. She's confident that her destiny is finally within reach.

When her affections are torn between her heartthrob co-host and the irritating, yet somehow endearing lead contractor, does she continue to reach for the stars? Or does she design a new happily ever after? One that leads not to the fading lights of fame and fortune, but to a love that will burn forever.

Silver Linings by Kaylee Baldwin

Drew Westfall wants nothing more than to forget what he had to do in the name of "smart" business. Cutting off all ties with his parents—including handing over the entire contents of his trust fund to a charity—he takes off for Bridger, Colorado where his best friend has an extra room for him. It doesn't take long for him to realize that his business degree won’t do him much good in a town as small as Bridger, but he's broke and has nowhere else to go.

Eden Torresi has every reason to wallow. Not only did she lose her mother, but she had to drop out of nursing school and is in a relationship with a guy unwilling to commit. But Eden isn't the wallowing type. Instead, she chooses to spend most of her time taking care of the seniors at Silver Linings Nursing home. When she learns that her boyfriend's new roommate is down on his luck, her caring nature makes her want to reach out to him and offer what help she can. But the more time they spend together, the more complicated things get, especially when the seniors of Silver Linings decide to play matchmaker.

Righting a Wrong by Rachael Anderson

Seven years ago, Cambri Blaine fled her small hometown of Bridger, Colorado after her senior year ended in a fiasco. Only Jace Sutton knew the real reason why—that she was a spineless coward. Now, seven years later, her father's been in an accident and needs help, and Cambr has no choice but to return home. So with trepidation, she takes a leave of absence from the landscape architecture firm where she works and boards a plane, hoping against hope that Jace is no longer around and that the past can stay where it belongs—in the past.

If only life worked that way.
Jace never expected to see Cambri again. After she’d led him on, bruised his heart, and left town without a backward glance, he was forced to pick up the pieces and try not to hate her for it. Eventually, he put it behind him and moved on, creating a life for himself in his beloved hometown. But now that Cambri is back and looking more beautiful and sophisticated than ever, some of those old feelings resurface, and Jake instinctively knows, for the sake of his heart, that he needs to avoid her at all costs.

If only it were that easy.

Lost and Found by Karey White

Lydia was supposed to have an adventurous and exciting summer. Instead she's done nothing more than read and eat takeout. Now it's time to go home, and what does she have to show for it? A big fat nothing. Unless, of course, her trip to the airport somehow turns into something more than just a flight home.

Blake feels like he's been sent on a wild goose chase. While work is piling up back in Denver, he's on the other side of the country, hunting for some mysterious box that his grandfather left him. Well, no more. Nothing inside that box could possibly be more important than the opportunity to make it as the youngest partner at his firm. So he's going home, and that's that. But that's before he discovers his flight has been cancelled.

When these two strangers meet at the airport, they make a split-second decision to search for the box together. Maybe with both of them on the hunt, Lydia can have her adventure and Blake can find the box. And maybe, if they’re lucky, they’ll even find some romance.

Second Chances 101 by Donna K. Weaver

Thirty seven year old Francie Davis, a recent widow and empty nester, gets to attend college at last. She’s sure her luck has changed when she also lands a job on campus that will pay her tuition, as administrative assistant to a history professor. When her handsome new boss yells at her on the first day of work, Francie worries she will never be good enough.

For Professor Alex Diederik, life is going downhill fast. Not only is his bitter ex-wife trying to poison their only daughter against him, but now his one place of solace—his work environment—is being complicated by his attractive new administrative assistant. She drives home his feelings of failure as a husband and father, and Alex wonders if hiring her was the right thing to do.

Francie will have to put aside her hurt and insecurities or risk her dreams, while Alex must look outside himself if he’s to mend the breach with his daughter. And, perhaps, find someone who can help heal his pain.

Immersed in Love by Jennifer Griffith

Lisette Pannebaker speaks five languages and has a brilliant business plan—personal language immersion. Clients can hire her to shadow them and speak all day in any language they need to learn for business or travel—whatever.

But there’s a major hitch: she’s far too pretty. Clients with less than honorable intentions sign up just have Lisette at their side. Solution? A make-under. Way under.It works like a charm. None of her male clients show her the least bit of interest.

Until… Erik.

Erik Gunnarsson is charming, kind, and smart—everything she’s ever looked for. Even though he seems to have a secret and she swore she'd never date a client, Lisette is tempted to shed her disguise—even if it means jeopardizing her career.
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26 September 2013

Review: The Science Bit by Hayley Carr as LBQ

Non-fiction review - The Science Bit
What they say: Want to know why you need to use a face cream, what an SLS free shampoo really means, how you should be using SPF and why face wipes are the worst thing ever invented?

Hayley Carr, aka London Beauty Queen, started her beauty blog in 2010 after working in the beauty industry for many years. Having worked in everything from NPD to in-store marketing, she spent her time delving deeper into what the products actually did and why - marketing claims aren't always to be believed.

'The Science Bit' answers these questions and more, explaining what those complicated skincare ingredients really do, as well as providing insight into why synthetic brushes are so much better for applying foundation.

Delve beneath the surface of skincare and beauty, with this easy-to-understand guide to those things we all wish we knew.
What I say: I don't generally review non-fiction books and I'm not exactly known for being an aficionado when it come to all things beauty, but sometimes it helps to have somebody explain it all for you. I keep seeing adverts for BB creams and after reading The Science Bit I finally know what this is.
If I'm bad at putting makeup on (I haven't moved all that far from my teenage panda eyes look) then I'm even worse at taking it off. When it comes to makeup removal then I'm as lazy as it comes, but it's safe to say I think I'll be giving face-wipes a wide berth from now on!
If you're not familiar with Hayley's work and her blog London Beauty Queen (LBQ) then you can check it out here. She really is the go-to gal when it comes to beauty and hair care, but more importantly she advises her readers in a fun and helpful way. The Science Bit is full of great ideas and advice, but more importantly for me it's witty and straight to the point, yet never sounds like an annoying how-to guide!
Where to buy: Amazon UK

ARC Review: Mr Right Now by Kristina Knight

What they say (book info):
“Should we continue this in my room or yours?” – Mason

The wrong guy might be just right for her.
When her celebrity boyfriend of three years dumps her and claims he’s now gay, unlucky-in-love author Casey Cash decides to get out of New York. A cruise seems like the perfect escape: everyone onboard will be locked away from television, newspapers and internet gossip pages, allowing her some much needed relaxation. There’s only one problem: her oh-so-helpful agent has hired a male escort for her…and a big NYC paper has sent a pesky reporter on-board, vowing to get the dirt.
Mason Drury doesn’t want to write an expose on Casey, but he’s in a bind. After a source flipped on him, he’s persona non grata at his newspaper. Celebrity trash or not, this story will put him back on top. Too bad he finds himself breaking the first rule of reporting by getting attached to his subject and letting bias influence his story.
Casey’s much more interested in sexy Mason than the annoying escort who’s bunking in her room. Mason might even have romantic potential if she can shake her well-meaning—but nosey—fans. Oh, and that reporter. She’s got to avoid him at all costs…

CONTENT WARNING: A smattering of sass, sex and a heaping happily ever after.

  • Publisher: Lyrical Press - ISBN: 9781616505042 - Release Date: November 4th 2013
I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review!
What I say (review): Mr. Right Now is a short and sweet contemporary romance, which made me smile. It's no secret that I'm often slightly cynical about chick-lit and may have been guilty in the past of using the word 'fluff'. Kristina Knight's story definitely isn't fluff and is a great holiday read (it doesn't hurt that characters are on holiday themselves).
My favourite part of the story is the main character Cassandra 'Casey' Cash. As someone who often gets coerced into things by my friends I could empathise with Casey being 'helped' by her friend and agent. After being dumped by her actor boyfriend, romance writer Casey is persuaded to take a  holiday cruise to escape the paps and reporters. Almost as soon as embarking on the ship she meets Mason Drury. Casey is unaware Mason is a reporter send to get an exclusive on her breakup. Add in to the mix her enforced cabin-mate and male escort Tyler, poor Casey goes from one potential disaster to another.
I don't want to spoil the plot for anybody as it drives me round the twist when people do it to me, but be prepared to laugh at Casey's antics. There are some sexy scenes in Mr. Right Now so this one isn't for younger readers. I've been on several cruises and have most definitely not had as much fun as Casey. I honestly don't think I'll ever be able to look at a sauna in quite the same way again.
3.5 Stars in my Sky!
My fav non-spoilery quotes:
  • Tyler smiled a semi-come-hither smile. It would have worked better without the remnant of tissue stuck to the corner of his mouth.
  • She set up this fiasco by hiring an escort, and now Casey had a nose-bleeding nerd in her room, and a blushing stud outside her door.
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